Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult
Published: May 3, 2016
Followed by: A Court of Wings and Ruin
My Rating 5/5
Feyre survived Amarantha and is now back in the Spring Court with Tamlin but is haunted by the horrible deeds she witnessed Under the Mountain. Although he heart remains humans, she now has the powers of the High Fae and must learn to control them in order to fight the new dangers that threaten them.
I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this book because I AM SHOOKETH. I feel like I was holding my breath the whole time I was. And OMG THAT ENDING. I am still obsessing over it.
This second book is a million times better than ACOTAR. SJM IS A FUCKING GENIUS. Everything about her story telling, from the characters to the plot is a master piece.
There is really no way to review this book without any spoilers and also I need to vent, so if you just finished the first book, or you’re wondering if you should start this series, all I want to say is: DO IT. STOP WHATEVER IT IS YOU’RE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK.
STOP READING TO AVOID SPOILERS
The betrayal!!!!!! I really thought he could be trusted!
“Months and months, and you’re still a ghost. Does no one there ask what the hell is happening? Does your High Lord simply not care?”
I honestly don’t think he was a bad fae. I liked Tamlin and although towards the end of the first book I started realizing he was probably not the one for Feyre, I still hoped he was a decent guy. But then the second book pretty much opens with Feyre waking up to puke in the middle of the night because of how bad her nightmares have gotten and Tamlin pretends to be asleep?!?! Oh hell no. I completely understand he is traumatized by what happened with Amarantha but pretending to be asleep is a very strange reaction to the person you love barfing their guts out.
SJM shows us what a toxic relationship looks like. How much of yourself are you supposed to give the other person to make them feel better? How much of yourself should you sacrifice? Sometimes the question isn’t whether they love you or not, it’s if they are loving you the right way, and Tamlin is definitely doing it wrong. In his paranoia, he becomes possessive and controlling. Feyre is clearly telling him what she needs but he is doing the exact opposite.
Some people argue Under the Mountain changed Tamlin but I think he was always a controlling macho fae but it was being romanticized by Feyre’s point of view.
I am OBSESSED with this High Fae Hottie. In the first book SJM was like: here is Tamlin and he seems perfect but now meet Rhysand, this is what love is.
Just like Tamlin, Rhysand cares for Feyre but he does so by allowing her to be her own person and take the reins of her life.
“Tamlin won’t allow it.”
“Tamlin isn’t your keeper, and you know it.”
“I’m his subject, and he is my High Lord—”
“You are no one’s subject.”
What Feyre and Rhysand have is an intense, powerful, and HEALTHY relationship. Then he tells the story from his point of view and we find out everything he did for her…. I was an emotional mess. But even before we reach this part of the story, you can feel Rhysand’s love for her in every single word he speaks, even if she doesn’t.
“But then she snapped your neck.”
Tears rolled down his face.
“And I felt you die,” he whispered.
Tears were sliding down my own cheeks.
I also loved his friendship with Azriel, Morrigan, Azren, and Cassian #SQUADGOALS. They are a real family and the dynamic is so different from Tamlin and Lucien’s “friendship”. There is also a world of difference between the way Tamlin and Rhysand govern their courts. Ryshand is simply perfection.
And of course we cannot discuss feyre and Rhysand without mentioning the sex! SJM sure knows how to get her hands dirty! All the lusty flirting and banter that goes on for the first 400 pages reaches its culmination point in Chapter 55. A chapter we shall al remember forever.
Also, yay for feminist Rhysand who KNOWS Feyre is his equal and makes her High Lady of the Night Court.
Like with every spiritual awakening, Feyre suffers. She is extremely depressed and while she is trying to stay afloat and move on from what happened, Tamlin seems to be drowning her. He is so selfishly obsessed by what he need to make himself feel better that he hurts Feyre. He even uses sex to manipulate her.
With a little help from Rhysand she slowly overcomes her depression and remembers who she is.
“And I realized – I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right”
Feyre’s character development from the first to the second book is brutal. In ACOTAR she is ok with receiving pretty gifts and feeling protected, but in ACOMAF she takes matters into her own hands and learns to use her powers. And let me tell you, she kicks ass.
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again.
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.
GO FEYRE CURSEBREAKER !!!!
We also see Feyre’s sisters in this book and although I wasn’t a big fan of Nesta I would very much like a book from her point of view because this girl is all suffering and I need to know what is going on with her. Also, can NASSIAN BE A THING?
The only little thing I’m a bit confused about is Julian but I hope they kill him soon J I think I need to reread what his deal is because I was so overwhelmed with all the emotions possible during this book that I don’t think I fully paid attention to him.
Anyways, to summarize: YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE.